HIGHLAND PARK (CBS11) – Highland Park Police are investigating two women after several reports surfaced the duo was going around to several restaurants and claiming their teeth were damaged from glass they found in their food.
Restaurant owners in Highland Park are calling out a mother and daughter team they feel is targeting them with “phony” dental bills.
Several restaurants have reported two women who visited their eateries, claiming they found glass in their food. The women claim their teeth were damaged by the glass.
“She went to the bathroom and came back with blood on a napkin,” said Buddy Cramer, the owner of Bandito’s Restaurant in Highland Park.
Cramer claims a week after the incident, he was confronted with a dental bill for a cracked tooth.
“It was $2,500. You hate to lose that kind of money. But you don’t want to question your customers,” said Cramer.
Cramer did not think much of it until the same duo with the same story hit Five Creeks Tavern, a restaurant he also owns.
“I think your initial reaction is, what a thief,” said Cramer.
Cramer said a few other restaurants like Sevy’s and Patrizio’s in Highland Park.
“I think that it kind of blows us all away that there are people out there like that,” said Cramer.
Cramer said he not only gave up money to the “Broken Glass Bandits,” but lost thousands in having his eatery inspected after the incident.
Highland Park Police said detectives are working with other local law enforcement agencies to see how big the problem could be in the area.
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